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Entries from September 2010

Blackberry Playbook!

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · News

I love my iPad!  But. . .  it’s just a little bit large and a little bit heavy.  Then, I saw the new Blackberry Playbook.  It appears to be the perfect size and very, very nice.  And, it has a Kindle app!  Give a look at the Blackberry site for details and also check out [...]

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More on Cable Service Calls

September 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · News

Sometimes, it only seems that things do not happen as they should.  On September 18, I wrote about how cable companies in New York City will have to pay fines to customers for not honoring scheduled appointments.  Last Wednesday, I had a cable service call scheduled for somewhere between the hours of 2 and 5 [...]

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Dirty Keyboards–Yuck!

September 19th, 2010 · Comments Off · Hardware, News

There were segments on today’s talk shows about germs and how to protect oneself from catching the plague.  Cleaning your computer keyboard will not only help keep germ monsters away but will also help the computer to perform better.  Here are some good instructions from PCWorld on how to do it!
~mary anne

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Fines for Late Cable Service Calls

September 18th, 2010 · Comments Off · News

According to The New York Times, both Time Warner and Cablevision in their new contracts with City Hall (New York) will have to pay for failing to honor scheduled appointments.  Customers would become eligible for a credit equal to a full month’s bill “if a technician does not arrive on time” and this amount decreases [...]

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Write Your Own Will

September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off · Software, Websites

I found this article by Tara Siegel Bernard in The New York Times interesting.  She tried out four types of will-making tools:  Quicken Willmaker Plus 2011, Legacywriter, Legalzoom, and Buildawill.  I find tools like these useful but for something as important as a will, I would use the tools so I could understand the will writing [...]

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Nine Years Ago Yesterday

September 12th, 2010 · Comments Off · Destinations, News, Software

I find it hard to believe that nine years have passed since the horror of September 11, 2001.  I, like so many others, will always remember where I was that awful day.  In today’s New York Times, there is an article by Ariel Kaminer describing an app for the iPhone called “Explore 9/11.”  This app [...]

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Low Tech Technology!

September 7th, 2010 · Comments Off · News

Technology does not always have a plug on the end of it.  Most of the time technology involves problem solving and critical thinking skills.  How can I make this work?  Why doesn’t it work?  Think of the obvious (is it plugged in?) or the not so obvious (is it plugged into the correct jack/outlet?).  To [...]

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Facebook Remote Logout

September 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off · News, Websites

Have you ever wondered if you really logged out of that public terminal after checking your Facebook account?  At the airport, school, library, friend’s home?  According to Larry Dignan, Sam Diaz, and Andrew Nusca of ZDNet.com, Facebook is gradually adding this feature (under Account Security) to allow you to log out of remote terminals or [...]

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Ready for Earl?

September 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Events, News, Websites

It does not look as though Earl will strike us as a full-fledged hurricane; but, we may have winds and we all know that in this area that could mean power outages.  It’s a good time to make sure you have batteries, bottled water and some fun board games to play.  Don’t forget to take [...]

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